Researchers develop a computing system for mobile phones that uses a tiny sensors housed in laces and gesture control.

A team of computer scientists from the Telekom Innovation Laboratories, the University of Munich, and the University of Toronto are developing a wearable computing system for smartphones that uses a shoe sensor and gesture control. ShoeSense is useful for those situations when the user is engaged with a real-world task and it would be inappropriate or difficult to use their phone.

The system includes a shoe-mounted depth sensor pointing upward at the wearer, which recognizes a range of different hand gestures. These gesture sets can be performed without visual attention, making it possible to quickly perform frequent operations such as answering a call, reading emails, or changing songs, without reaching for the phone. The user can also perform simple operations without disturbing others, such as routing incoming calls to voicemail, activating silence mode, or sending predefined messages.

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